Kelli O’Hara and Chef Lidia Bastianich Join Forces for a Special Cooking Demonstration at Eataly New York La Scuola on April 14

(New York, NY) The producers of the new romantic musical, The Bridges of Madison County, are excited to announce a special event between Kelli O’Hara who plays Italian- born Francesca Johnson in the show, and world famous chef Lidia Bastianich, who is also a part-owner of Eataly. Eataly is the largest Italian marketplace in the world, committed to promoting high-quality, gourmet yet affordable “regional Italian food with a local twist,” and is home to its cooking school, La Scuola di Eataly New York (200 5th Avenue). Lidia will be welcoming Kelli to La Scuola on Monday, April 14th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (200 5th Avenue) to help recreate Lidia’s favorite dishes inspired from Broadway’s The Bridges of Madison County.

Lidia and Kelli will be demonstrating and preparing dishes that celebrate the cuisine that results when Old World tradition meets local, seasonal ingredients. Guest will enjoy each course prepared in Eataly La Scuola’s open kitchen and each course will be paired with wine by Eataly’s knowledgeable wine director. The class will be complete with wine tasting notes and recipes to take home.

The menu that they will be demonstrating is the following:
Insalata di Finocchi & Gorgonzola (Fennel & Gorgonzola Salad)
Conchiglioni Ripieni con Mozzarella (Baked Stuffed Shells with Mozzarella)
Costata di Maiale (Pork Chops with Seasonal Vegetables)

The class is on sale to the public on Eataly’s website. To sign up or for more info, visit:https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1508129

This is Lidia’s first time working with a Broadway show and star and this class with Kelli is a fitting first.

“I really love to cook, but what I really really love to do is EAT,” Kelli O’Hara said. “In my family, the way we share love is to gather around a table for a home cooked meal, and making that meal always teaches us something about our past. From watching ‘Lidia’s Italy,’ I sense that her family is the same. I am, by no means, a chef. I am much more comfortable singing for my supper, but a chance to assist Lidia whom I admire so much and to learn from her is a chance to more deeply understand my character, Francesca, and to cook alongside a master. I will be in Heaven.”

In The Bridges of Madison County, Kelli’s character, Francesca Johnson has moved from Italy to a country farm in Iowa. Although she is no longer in Italy, one thing she holds on to is her love for her Italian heritage and the gorgeous foods that come from there. There are many moments where she is cooking or eating on stage with Robert Kincaid (played by Steven Kincaid).

La Scuola di Eataly offers food lovers and home chefs the opportunity to improve their culinary skills by participating in demo-style classes that will focus on making risotto, fresh pasta, “Meatless Mondays,” and the regional cuisine of Italy, wine tastings, interactive “Chef’s Table” dinners prepared in the open kitchen, “Food & Language” cultural classes taught by native Italian instructors and much more!

BIOS:

LIDIA BASTIANICH is one of the best-loved chefs on television, a best-selling cookbook author, restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. Lidia has married two passions in life, her family and food, to create multiple endeavors alongside her two children, Joseph and Tanya. Lidia has authored seven cookbooks as well as the recent Nonna’s Birthday Surprise, her second children’s book. Lidia is the chef and owner of four acclaimed New York City restaurants, Felidia, Becco, Esca and Del Posto, as well as Lidia’s in Pittsburgh and Kansas City. In 2010, alongside her son Joseph Bastianich, Mario Batali, Oscar Farinetti and Adam and Alex Saper, she opened Eataly. Lidia is the founder and president of Tavola Productions, which produces Lidia’s Italy. Lidia and her son Joseph also produce award-winning wines at Bastianich Vineyards in Friuli and La Mozza Vineyards in Maremma, Italy. Along with her daughter Tanya, son-in law Corrado Manuali, and other partners, the team launched Nonna Foods in 2010 as a platform to distribute an array of both existing and new “Lidia’s” food products. Lidia freely offers her time and knowledge and is an active member of society by participating in community service activities and special events on behalf of the James Beard Foundation and Public Television. To learn more about Lidia please visit www.LidiasItaly.com.

KELLI O’HARA. Broadway: Nice Work If You Can Get It (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, OCC Nom), South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk & OCC Nominations), Pajama Game (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC Nominations), The Light in the Piazza (Tony & Drama Desk Nominations), Sweet Smell of Success, Follies, Dracula and Jekyll & Hyde. Regional/Off Broadway: Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons and WTF), King Lear (Public Theater), Bells Are Ringing (City Center Encores), Sunday in the Park with George (Reprise), My Life With Albertine (Playwright’s Horizons). Concerts span from Carnegie Hall to Capitol Hill. Film/TV credits: Sex & The City 2, Scorsese’s The Key to Reserva, “Blue Bloods,” “Alexander Hamilton,” “Numb3rs” and the animated series “Car Talk.” She is a frequent performer on PBS’s live telecasts and the Kennedy Center Honors. Her solo albums, Always and Wonder in the World are available on Ghostlight Records.

The Bridges of Madison County is the new romantic musical by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning team of Marsha Norman (‘night Mother, The Color Purple) and Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade) began performances Friday, January 17, 2014, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) and opened on February 20, 2014.

One of the most romantic novels ever written is now Broadway’s most irresistible new musical. Four-time Tony® nominee Kelli O’Hara stars with Steven Pasquale in the most romantic musical Broadway has seen in years. Directed by two-time Tony winner Bartlett Sher, (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza) The Bridges of Madison County is the unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter become a second chance at so much more.

The design team includes Michael Yeargan (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), and Jon Weston (sound design). Casting was by Telsey + Company, Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office of the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting telecharge.com.

The lead producers of The Bridges of Madison County are Jeffrey Richards, Stacey Mindich, and Jerry Frankel. They are joined by Gutterman Chernoff, Hunter Arnold, Ken Davenport, Carl Daikeler, Michael DeSantis, Aaron Priest, Libby Adler Mages/Mari Glick Stuart, Scott M. Delman, Independent Presenters Network, Red Mountain Theatre Company, Caiola Productions, Remmel T. Dickinson, Ken Greiner, David Lancaster, Bellanca Smigel Rutter, Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Will Trice, with Warner Bros Theatre Ventures and The Shubert Organization, in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival.

GORGEOUS, POWERFUL and RAPTUROUS!”
New York Magazine

“Kelli O’Hara confirms her position
as one of the most exquisitely expressive stars in Musical Theater.
The New York Times, Ben Brantley

BRIDGES IS TERRIFIC! When O’Hara and Pasquale sing it’s magic!”
NPR

JASON ROBERT BROWN delivers
one of the best Broadway score in the last decade!”
New York Daily News

The design team includes Michael Yeargan (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), and Jon Weston (sound design). Casting was by Telsey + Company, Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office of the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting telecharge.com.

The lead producers of The Bridges of Madison County are Jeffrey Richards, Stacey Mindich, and Jerry Frankel. They are joined by Gutterman Chernoff, Hunter Arnold, Ken Davenport, Carl Daikeler, Michael DeSantis, Aaron Priest, Libby Adler Mages/Mari Glick Stuart, Scott M. Delman, Independent Presenters Network, Red Mountain Theatre Company, Caiola Productions, Remmel T. Dickinson, Ken Greiner, David Lancaster, Bellanca Smigel Rutter, Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Will Trice, with Warner Bros Theatre Ventures and The Shubert Organization, in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival.